|The American school for girls in Stara Zagora|
|Elias Riggs, one of the |
first misisonaries in Bulgaria.
Later schools were founded also for girls in Stara Zagora and Lovech. All these schools gave high quality education to hundreds of Bulgarian children and through the modern methods of education it helped for the overall reformation of the other Bulgarian schools. Through the contact with American culture, science and literature, the schools were instrumental in forming a new, Biblical worldview in their pupils.
A graduate from the school in Lovech shared with me that she studied there for just one year before the communists closed down the school in 1948. Yet, the time spent at the American school transformed radically her worldview and attitude to the world. Since the teachers were actually Protestant missionaries, she was greatly impressed by the way they treated the students. Although they didn’t teach directly the Bible, she became a Christian through their witness and behavior. English language became synonymous to her for Christianity!